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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The other American in captivity was shown Tuesday on a separate insurgent video broadcast on Al-Jazeera. On Wednesday, his brother in the United States identified the captive as Ronald Schulz, 40, an industrial electrician from Alaska. “I don’t want to get my brother killed,” Ed Schulz said. “But the fact that he has blond hair and blue eyes might get him killed.” The brief videotape of the Christian peace activists transmitted Wednesday by Al-Jazeera did not show faces of the two robed and shackled figures. However, still photos provided by IntelCenter showed the two were Fox and Kember. The two other hostages were not shown. Fox and Kember were blindfolded, and the stills appeared to have been made from a more complete version of the video that Al-Jazeera aired. Unlike the civilian clothing they were wearing in two earlier videos, this time the hostages were wearing orange jumpsuits. In the tape, the two captives made statements condemning the U.S. and British presence in Iraq. Both men were instructed to give their statements twice, which they did without reading a text because they were blindfolded, according to IntelCenter. As a result, each man’s second statement was slightly different from his first. “I’d like to offer my plea to the people of America, not the government of America, a plea for my release from captivity and also a plea for a release from captivity of all the people of Iraq who are also suffering the same fate,” Fox said in the transcript, provided by IntelCenter. “And that is the occupation of the American troops and the British troops which has brought me to this condition and has brought the Iraqi people to the condition they’re in.” In his statement, Kember appealed to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. “I ask Mr. Blair, the British government and the British people to work both for my release and for the release of the Iraqi people from oppression.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD, Iraq – Kidnappers extended a deadline until Saturday in their threat to kill four captive peace activists and posted a video of two of the hostages wearing robes and shackled with chains. The original deadline set by the group calling itself the Swords of Righteousness was today. The extension was announced in a statement that accompanied Wednesday’s video, according to Al-Jazeera and IntelCenter, a government contractor that does support work for the U.S. intelligence community. Norman Kember, 74, of London, Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Va., and Canadians James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, were taken hostage in Baghdad two weeks ago. They were working for the Christian Peacemaker Teams, an anti-war group, and are among seven Westerners who have been abducted in Iraq since Nov. 25. The other hostages are an American, a German and a Frenchman. last_img

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